Vehicles, Weapons, and Equipment

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The M18 Hellcat Tank Destroyer

Even before Nazi Germany’s declaration of war on America on 11 December 1941, the U.S. Army was coming to terms with the need to adapt its arsenal and operational doctrines…

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M14 Rifle

Written By: Patrick Feng Paratroopers from the 82d Airborne Division carry M14s in H. Charles McBarron’s The American Soldier, 1963. (Army Art Collection) Throughout World War II, the M1 Garand…

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U.S. and German Field Artillery in World War II: A Comparison

Written By: William G. Dennis At the beginning of World War II, the U.S. Army’s primary field artillery pieces were the French-designed M1897 75mm gun and M1918 155mm howitzer (above).…

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World War I Gas Alarm Rattle

Written By: Jimmy Price “Gas!” This lone word could strike fear and panic into the most stoic Doughboy in the American sector of the Western Front. By the time that…

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The M28/M29 Davy Crockett Nuclear Weapon System

Written By: Matthew Seelinger During the Cold War, as the U.S. Navy and Air Force maintained America’s strategic nuclear arsenal of long-range bombers and submarine and land-based ballistic missiles, the…

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The Springfield Model 1873 Rifle

Written By: Nick McGrath Original publication date: Spring 2013 The Springfield Model 1873 was the Army’s standard issue rifle during the Indian Wars of the 1870s and 1880s.  The rifle…

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“Knife, Fighting, Commando Type, V-42.” The Original Special Forces Knife

By Danny M. Johnson U.S. Army Special Forces units today trace their lineage and honors directly to the First Special Service Force (FSSF), the joint Canadian-American organization formed in July…

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M551 Sheridan Light Tank

While the use of light tanks with the U.S. Army’s armored forces dates back to World War I, the Army’s success with light tanks has been mixed at best.  In…

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Duster: M42 Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun

By Vince Hawkins The Viet Cong called them “Fire Dragons,” because their high volume of fire and tracer ammunition gave the appearance of a dragon’s breath. Their U.S. Army crews…

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